Times Will Tell

Podcast: Producer behind ‘Fauda,’ ‘Shtisel’ and others on what makes successful TV

A conversation with Danna Stern, the outgoing CEO of Yes Studios, the production firm that helped change Israeli television

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel.

This week, we’re speaking to Danna Stern, the managing director of Yes Studios.

This is the studio that brought us “Fauda” and “Shtisel,” “On the Spectrum” and “Your Honor,” and many hours of viewing pleasure in this new era of streaming platforms and often shorter, sharper series.

We discuss what makes a successful Israeli show and when it can be ‘translated’ into success abroad, such as Kan 11’s grocery store mockumentary “Checkout,” being distributed by Yes.

Stern feels that Netflix’s recently canceled “Hit and Run,” from the “Fauda” team, can be considered a success, given the parameters that brought it about, and waxes poetic over her own recent viewing favorites, “Squid Game” and Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso.”

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